With the recent opening of the new Banc of California Stadium, Exposition Park in Downtown Los Angeles has been getting a lot of attention. But aside from the shiny new home of the Los Angeles Football Club, the area has long boasted a world-class collection of museums, sports facilities and recreational areas offering unique solutions for meeting planners in search of “wow” factor.

The California Science Center is the West Coast’s largest hands-on science center with five separate events paces, one of which includes the Instagram worthy Space Shuttle Endeavour. Housed in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion, the Endeavour is one of four orbiters to go on permanent display after the conclusion of the Space Shuttle program and it makes a stunning backdrop to any event.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County houses more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. An abundance of Instagram shots are available, including the 63-foot whale skeleton at the entrance. You can dine in Dinosaur Hall or celebrate in one of the other award-winning galleries. With over 24,000 square feet of space to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

Dating back to 1923, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the temporary home stadium of the Los Angeles Rams. The stadium has hosted decades of historic sports and special events, including the 1959 World Series, Super Bowl I (1967), Super Bowl VII (1973), and two Olympic Games (1932 and 1984). While still in use, the stadium is currently undergoing a renovation that will modernize and restore the historic property in time for the 2019 season. With so much history and nearly 800,000 square feet, you can be sure that every event here is epic.

The legendary Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall has been the epicenter for some of L.A.’s most prestigious events for over 80 years. Built in 1926, this unique venue is the perfect blend of old school architecture and design with modern technology and functionality.

The Shrine Auditorium comprises the single largest proscenium style stage in North America with a free standing balcony, providing over 6,300 seats. With its state of the art sound and lighting capabilities, this space is ideal for presentations, seminars and more. The Shrine Expo Hall is directly adjacent to the auditorium, and the multi-use facility has 54,000 square feet split between two floors. The Shrine’s large parking lot also provides additional event space and easy load-ins for any event.

Each of these venues is a quick, easily accessible ride on the Metro from Downtown Los Angeles by taking the Expo Line just three stops from the Los Angeles Convention Center, making Exposition Park the best kept secret in Los Angeles special events. To learn more, visit meetla.com.